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SIU Carbondale earns international award for 2017 eclipse events

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WSIL-- The 2017 solar eclipse was anything short of exciting and SIU was the center of hosting thousands of visitors to the area.

The university's eclipse events have been recognized with a grand gold award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education for multi-day special events.

CASE is an international association of 3,700 colleges, universities and independent schools. This year CASE received more than 3,200 entries in nearly 100 awards categories and SIU was one of 13 institutions earning a grand gold this year.

During the eclipse, SIU had more than 30,000 people on campus, more than 250 journalists from around the world and gained global exposure as NASA established a broadcast set outside of the Saluki Stadium.

CASE judges described the solar eclipse events as very creative and ' a good incorporation of using a natural planetary wonder to advance the mission of the university.'

Scott Ishman, co-chair of the eclipse steering committee and current interim dean of the university’s College of Science said Carbondale would be the focal point for the solar eclipse. 

“Our goal as we planned was to use the eclipse as a platform to highlight SIU and its educational mission,” Ishman said. “At the same time we wanted to provide plenty of opportunities for people of all ages and interests, from scientists and amateur astronomers to school groups, families and our own students.”

SIU and Carbondale are on the path to planning for the next eclipse on April 8, 2024. The area has earned the title “Eclipse Crossroads of America” because of it's unique viewing.

Click here for more information regarding the 2024 solar eclipse. 

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